The Open Championship 2013

Muirfield 2013

Course: Muirfield Golf Links

Date: 18-21 July 2013

Current Champion: Ernie Els

Please do check out two of our articles about the Open for Golf Monthly, who we have started writing for on a weekly basis!

The first one is about Sergio Garcia and his madness

And the second one is about the ridiculous process of Open Qualifying. Enjoy!

NEW – Our Open Preview and Official Picks available here – Open Championship Main Preview

Preview 1

The way that we have done things for both The Masters and The US Open has been pretty successful, so we’re going to do the same sort of things for The Open Championship.

This 1st preview will outline a few trends we have found to do with previous winners of The Open. You will see this already filters out a few very interesting names. With Muirfield being a tough links course, we have also found a few names who have performed well on links courses on both tours.

The Trends 

9 of the last 10 winners had a top 10 during the year.

6 of the last 10 winners won during their winning year.

7 of the last 8 winners had a top 10 at a Major.

11 of the last 15 winners had a top 10 at the Open previously.

Since 1960, 51 of the 52 winners have ALL won a Tour event prior to their Open victory. (Ben Curtis won his first Tour event in the 2003 Open in what was his first major)

So who does this leave us with?

Player 2013 Tour Victory Best Open Finish
Thomas Aiken Avantha Masters 7th (2012)
Ernie Els BMW International Open 2 Wins
Dustin Johnson Hyundai Tournament Champions T2 (2011)
Matt Kuchar 2 Tournaments T9 (2012)
Graeme McDowell 2 Tournaments T5 (2012)
Phil Mickelson Waste Management T2 (2011)
Justin Rose The US Open T4 (1998)
Adam Scott The Masters 2nd (2012)
Brandt Snedeker AT&T Pebble Beach T3 (2012)
Tiger Woods 4 Tournaments 3 Wins

There are quite a few names who haven’t won this year but do fit the criteria, and here they are:

Angel CabreraKJ ChoiStewart CinkNicolas Colsaerts

Luke Donald

Rickie Fowler

Jim Furyk 

Sergio Garcia

Padraig Harrington

Miguel Angel JimenezZach JohnsonRobert KarlssonMartin Kaymer

Paul Lawrie

Justin Leonard

Hunter Mahan

Rory Mcilroy

Carl Pettersson

Henrik StensonSteve StrickerNick WatneyLee Westwood

Alexander Noren

Geoff Ogilvy

Thorbjorn Olesen

Louis Oosthuizen

Ian Poulter

Links Course Form

Our course preview will all come in Preview 2, but we have researched previous form on links courses which we can now show here. There are some interesting names in there…

Padraig Harrington

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
1 3 6 11 17 3

Henrik Stenson

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
0 3 4 6 7 2

Luke Donald

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
1 3 5 9 10 1

Simon Dyson

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
3 2 6 10 14 4

Ross Fisher

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
2 2 2 6 14 3

Dustin Johnson 

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
1 2 4 4 5 2

The Open Championship 2002 at Muirfield

If you didn’t already know, The Open has been held here a few times, but most recently was in 2002. Ernie Els won that year, but a few other names featured heavily as well. Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington both had top 10’s while Justin Rose was T22.

2002 Leaderboard at Muirfield

Initial Picks

We’re not going to go into depth, but here’s a taste of a few players that we have our eye on at the moment.

Luke Donald (25/1 Various)

Can Donald follow Rose and bag his 1st major...

Can Donald follow Rose and bag his 1st major…

Has the perfect game for links golf and with this the only major in Britain, he will have the crowd behind him. Rose and Scott have both won their first majors this year and Donald is equally as talented, so surely it’s only time. He has two T5 finishes to his name at The Open already, and will be high on confidence after his strong performance at The US Open.

Ernie Els (28/1 Coral)

We just don’t think you can ignore a man who has already won this thing 2 times, one of which being on the host course. He has a great record in Europe and won just a couple of weeks ago at the BMW IntDernational Open. Lets not forget he was T4 at The US Open as well. He just seems to be there or there abouts all the time! And he does have 12 top 10 finishes at The Open.

Dustin Johnson (40/1 Various)

DJ is an interesting prospect for Muirfield

DJ is an interesting prospect for Muirfield

Just one of those players who fits all the categories we have been looking at. On his day, he could tear this course apart. Many might forget his win at the start of 2013 as injuries have kept him from being present for parts of the year. But fear not he is fully fit now and was in Germany a couple of weeks ago adjusting to conditions in Europe. His form on links courses is also very promising.

Sergio Garcia (33/1 Various)

Obviously it’s always a gamble with the Spaniard considering his attitude at times. But when you look at Sergio for this tournament, he is perfect. He has 7 top 10’s at The Open and he is only 33. If he is going to win a major, his best stuff has always come in this one. Very interestingly, Garcia already has a win to his name around Muirfield, at the 1998 Amateur Championship. Combine that with a T8 finish here in 2002 and we have some tasty course form. Will be very interesting to see how he performs. Needs to keep off the front pages though!

Brandt Snedeker (40/1 Various)

3rd time lucky hopefully in our initial picks

3rd time lucky hopefully in our initial picks

This is the 3rd time he has been on our ‘inital picks’ list for a major this year, and hopefully it’s 3rd time lucky. You can’t really find a better putter than the American and people do forget he will want to avenge his poor last 2 rounds last year. Snedeker was leading after day 2 but rounds of 74 and 73 ruined any chances he had. Before injuries this year he was the best player on the planet, and looks to be getting back to where he was with a T8 last week.

Thomas Aiken (200/1 Bet365)

The South African has sneaked on here because he fits all our research and when you think about it, has the perfect game for this course. Absolutely walked away with the Avantha Masters earlier this year and his only 2 top 10’s in any majors have both come at The Open. T8 in 2009 and T7 last year makes for interesting reading. His poor form of late means his odds are what they are, but definitely worth a cheeky little ante-post stake.

Our Preview 2 should be with you all in a week!


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